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Al Coholic
03-12-2009, 10:48 PM
Just to get an idea of the kind of voters we have on this board.

Sorry, Americans only.

jacknife737
03-12-2009, 11:30 PM
Like any sensible, god fearing man; i'm a member of the Whig party.

IamSam
03-13-2009, 12:19 AM
Like any sensible, god fearing man; i'm a member of the Whig party.

Hmm...good man.

I'm a registered independent.

Outerspaceman21
03-13-2009, 12:29 AM
Independent. I have not looked into very many other partys, though. Party affiliation isn't that big a deal for me. I believe in what I want to believe.

Thomas
03-13-2009, 02:54 AM
I don't understand the purpose of registering as independent. I personally am moderate with democratic tendencies (I'm not one of those lame moderates who says they are moderate because they don't know what they are talking about or are too lame to state their stances on issues, btw). I registered Democrat so I could participate in the primaries. If I registered as Independent, then I wouldn't have participated in the primaries, and thus would have had less of a voice in the election. Just because you register democrat, it doesn't mean you have to vote democrat...


my $.02

0r4ng3
03-13-2009, 06:43 AM
There's a Futurama joke in here somewhere; I just can't remember the quotes word-for-word.

Al Coholic
03-13-2009, 07:14 AM
I take it you're a member of the voter apathy party?

0r4ng3
03-13-2009, 07:19 AM
Nope. I send a message to those clowns on election day by not voting and sitting on my couch wearing a clown suit.

Al Coholic
03-13-2009, 07:32 AM
I don't understand the purpose of registering as independent. I personally am moderate with democratic tendencies (I'm not one of those lame moderates who says they are moderate because they don't know what they are talking about or are too lame to state their stances on issues, btw). I registered Democrat so I could participate in the primaries. If I registered as Independent, then I wouldn't have participated in the primaries, and thus would have had less of a voice in the election. Just because you register democrat, it doesn't mean you have to vote democrat...


my $.02

Basically yeah. Too much dependance on the independant vote could lead both parties toward bland, unidifferable centrism. Atleast with a party you get to vote in a primary.

With a third party you kind of have an effect on the platform as well. Say by 2012 there were over a million registered greens, I tihnk you'd see both parties(especially the Dems) incorporate some more of the Green party platform.

nieh
03-13-2009, 09:53 AM
I was registered independent until I realized you can't vote in the primaries for parties you're not affiliated with which I think is stupid. Now I'm registered Dem because that's where I lean out of the two major parties.

Thomas
03-13-2009, 12:13 PM
I was registered independent until I realized you can't vote in the primaries for parties you're not affiliated with which I think is stupid. Now I'm registered Dem because that's where I lean out of the two major parties.

I'm pretty sure they do that to avoid people coming in from other parties and "sabotaging" the vote by voting for the weakest candidate.

wheelchairman
03-13-2009, 12:17 PM
I voted democrat, so I guess that's the closest.

nieh
03-13-2009, 01:04 PM
I'm pretty sure they do that to avoid people coming in from other parties and "sabotaging" the vote by voting for the weakest candidate.

I assumed that was the reasoning behind it, but it doesn't really seem fair. Although I guess when you take into account how ignorant and/or bipartisan your average voter is, it makes sense why they'd worry about that.

Llamas
03-13-2009, 06:15 PM
I'm pretty sure they do that to avoid people coming in from other parties and "sabotaging" the vote by voting for the weakest candidate.

Couldn't someone still easily get around this by registering for the party they want to sabotage, primary for the weak candidate, and then vote for the party they actually support?

nieh
03-13-2009, 06:25 PM
But then they can't vote in the primary for the party they actually want to win. And there would probably be equal amounts doing the same thing on each side so they would either counter each other out or result in both sides having their worst candidates make it to the general election.

Rag Doll
03-15-2009, 09:17 AM
I'm a registered Democrat because of the whole primary issue. However, I'm much more in line with Socialist ideas....unfortunately, voting that way is sort of throwing your vote away in the U.S. political system so I don't do it =\.

Little_Miss_1565
03-15-2009, 12:30 PM
Socialismmmmm BURN THE WITCH!

Rag Doll
03-15-2009, 01:06 PM
Socialismmmmm BURN THE WITCH!

I'll get you my pretty, and your pro-Capitalist ideas too!!! *cacklecackle*

Llamas
03-15-2009, 10:53 PM
In MN, we have caucuses instead of primaries, and I believe that here you don't have to be registered for the one you caucus for... I think they hold the caucuses at the same time and you can only go to one of them. But I definitely don't recall ever registering as a party... and if I did, I would've registered as libertarian.

I don't vote Libertarian, though, for two reasons:
1) no run-off voting
2) the candidates for the party nearly always suck and aren't really Libertarian.

sKratch
03-18-2009, 10:53 AM
I'm not registered under any party but I pretty much vote democrat. I don't want to register democrat because I don't think of myself as being one.